October 2008 Poll - Discussion

 The EI-JP Groups and Political Orientations

The EI-JP grouping is of theoretical interest given that these preference pairings are used in the type community to determine dominant and auxiliary functions and whether the functions are introverted or extraverted.  The combination of these attitude preferences provides four groups: EJ, EP, IP, and IJ.

To our knowledge, there is little research using the MBTI® to suggest these groupings have any relationship with political orientations in terms of liberal-conservative perceptions and attitudes. Research using the FFM , however, does suggest a relationship between E-I preferences and party membership such that E is correlated with more conservative political parties and I is correlated with more liberal political parties.

The effect of the EI-JP groupings on political orientations was not statistically significant for any of the measures of political orientation. 


Note: Higher scores indicate more Conservative responses.  Scores above 5.0 indicate Conservative orientations and scores below 5.0 indicate Liberal orientations. Results for the analysis can be found here (ANOVA) and here (Kruskal_Wallis). (Note: Higher scores in the ANOVA printout indicate more Conservative responses, except for the Liberal-Conservative Attitudes-Economic where higher scores indicate more Liberal responses.)


Summary of Significance Tests: EI-JP Groups
Liberal-Consevative Measures F-Test   Kruskal_Wallis Test
Self: General p = .147*   p = .271
Self: Social p = .072*   p = .247
Self: Economic p = .434   p = .472
Attitudes: Social p = .379   p = .316
Attitudes: Economic p = .599   p = .653
*Test assumptions not met      


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